Why Do I Must Stop Wearing Contact Lenses Before LASIK? When Should I Stop It?

If you wear contact lenses, you will be asked to stop wearing contact lenses for at least 2 weeks before LASIK Eye Surgery. This may sound like a great inconvenience, but there is good reason for it.

All contact lenses can temporarily change the shape and thickness of the cornea to some degree. If your corneas are still changing from contact lens wear, important measurements at your pre-operative exam may be affected, these measurements, which determine how much corneal tissue to remove. You may have a higher risk of a poor visual outcome from LASIK. A period of time without contacts restores your cornea to its natural shape.

The FDA Recommends That Patients Adhere To The Following Guidelines :

  • Soft Contact Lenses : You should stop wearing it for 2 weeks before your initial evaluation of LASIK.
  • Toric Soft Contact Lenses & Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses : You should stop wearing it for at least 3 weeks.
  • Hard Contact Lenses : You should stop wearing it for at least 4 weeks before your initial evaluation of LASIK. Why Do I Must Stop Wearing Contact Lenses Before LASIK? When Should I Stop It?

After the days that you do not ware contact lenses, the LASIK surgeons will look at the shape of your corneas and decide whether the measurement results are interpretable. If not, then you may have to continue without the contact lenses for a few days longer and return for repeat measurements. Listed above are the minimal guidelines of stop wearing contact lenses before LASIK, however the longer you can stop wearing it, the better.